Winter and Dogs

Hello everybody! I hope that everything is going your way, and the next year doesn't cause much trouble ...

The New Year has frozen us a bit, it has made us fall asleep, it's time for delight and snow fun. It is wonderful, bright, - outside the salt-covered streets. Snowmen grow, snowballs sometimes hang on our shoulders, laughter and joy ... and the dog's annoying whine. It moves from paw to paw, doesn't want to run, doesn't take part in playing, asks for something.
It turns out that in heavy rain, snow, and low temperatures our furry dogs do not do much better than us. We have warm clothes, appropriate shoes, and gloves. They have barebacks and bald feet. They like snow, but they play for a few minutes. They are cold! They react differently. Sometimes they bark, sometimes they whimper, sometimes they show their aversion to the cold with excessive nervousness. They can even bite in self-defense, and it's hard to be angry about it and punish it in any way ...


Shortened walks
Short-haired pooch is less tolerant to cold than their long-haired counterparts. Puppies, small dogs, older dogs, and cats are particularly vulnerable to the risks of weather and temperatures below 40 ° F.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and hormonal imbalances are more difficult to regulate body temperature naturally and may be more susceptible to temperature disturbances.
Therefore, all furry walks should be kept to a minimum in winter (10-15 minutes), unless they are protected against overcooling and salt.


Doggy in the car
It certainly should not be left unattended, especially in the absence of heating. Any car cools down instantly when the engine is turned off, and dogs feel it just as quickly. A similar situation is in summer, on hot days ...


Windscreen antifreeze
Its sweet taste is attractive to dogs (they love sweets), but it is toxic to pets, can make them sick, and even lead to death. The container with such a liquid should be out of reach of the dog and any spills should be removed immediately. However, in the event that your dog collides with the fluid, an immediate visit to the vet is essential.


Dog's paws

In winter, they are exposed not only to frost, contact with crusted snow, which can hurt as much as broken glass, but also chemicals on roads. So what to do to make our pet pass the winter with a healthy paw?
-   take care of a constant, not excessively high temperature in the apartment, ventilate it regularly, and moisturize it. All these treatments will help us and the furries, after all, the dog sweats between the fingers and if it comes out in the cold - frostbite is almost guaranteed;
-   wash the paws after each walk; it can be done with lukewarm water or with the addition of a gentle shampoo for dogs, dry thoroughly, but do not bathe the dog in winter (preserve the lipid layer of the skin!);
-   when it happens that clumps of compact snow and ice appear on the hair of the interdigital spaces, which may result in abrasions, wounds, or frostbites, let's not pull them out by force, just dip the paw in lukewarm water for a moment (not warm or hotter);
-   on the one hand, dog paw pads are self-renewing (as the outer spongy layer wears off, a new one is created), but they are also sensitive and not resistant to chemicals used by humans. So you need to lubricate the dog's paw pads with appropriate preparations with a protective effect - before the walk, and moisturizing - after the last walk (it's important to do it every day, if you do it once a week, it will not have the desired effect).
Vaseline - has moisturizing properties, is quickly absorbed. It must not be used before going for a walk (it may cause frostbite). However, in preparations with the addition of vitamin A, it is perfect for lubricating the fingertips in the evening, after the last walk.
Paraffin - creates an oily layer on the skin, but does not nourish or moisturize, and the dog can slide on it;
PACO is an ORGANIC paw balm, based on natural beeswax, best suited for the care of dogs and cats pads, with a nourishing, moisturizing, antibacterial, and antifungal effect, available online: www.snackfordog.com

or  https://www.etsy.com/shop/snackfordog?ref=search_shop_redirect . It does not leave stains, does not harm the dog when licking it (likes it very much), it smells of meadows!

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